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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

29 May - pm - Blogs Ièm Following 2 of 2

7:46 pm MDT


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 11 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin The UnWitold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in the Vietnam War With his Choice of Prime Minister, Italy's President Has Gifted the Far Right - Yanis Varoufakis AI better at finding skin cancer than doctors: study How WIRED Lost $100,000 in Bitcoin Documentarian Fabien Cousteau is pointing the way to healthier oceans Everything you need to know about the Italian political crisis — which could bring about the demise of the eurozone Britons Rage Over Robinson Arrest As Mass Protests Break Out Worldwide US To Impose 25% Tariff On Chinese Tech Goods London-to-Langley S... more »

Billion Dollar Losses in Brazil Due to Truckers’ Strike

Lise Alves at The Rio Times - 11 hours ago
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Brazil tries to get back to normal after nine days of protests by truck drivers, retailers, farmers and exporters now sit down to calculate the economic damages caused by demonstrators. The roadblocks that paralyzed the flow of production across Brazil since last week […]

Rio H2K Dance Festival Returns to Rio’s Barra

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 11 hours ago
By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL – Since Friday, May 25th, Cidade das Artes, in Barra, hosts the Rio H2K international dance festival, dedicated to the urban dance expressions from around the world. The eight edition of Rio H2K will host dance battles, workshops, performances, parties and a film exhibition until this […]

Water Wars: Bombers Away

tsaviola at Lawfare - 11 hours ago
An H-6K bomber, the model of aircraft that landed on Woody Island this month. (Credit: Liu Rui/Xinhua/Associated Press) On May 18, the China Daily reports, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force landed multiple H-6K bomber aircrafts on the disputed Woody Island in the South China Sea. This is the first time China has publicly landed its bombers on any of the features in the South China Sea region. The China Daily quoted Wang Yanan, editor of Aerospace Knowledge, as saying that the deployment of bombers on the island would dramatically extend China’s operational range and maritime ... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 11 hours ago
No help for me or any sign of it and no sign either of the kind of measures needed to control the Ebola outbreak or the other lethal diseases being put in circulation like the Nipah virus. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-virus/india-steps-up-hunt-for-origin-of-mysterious-brain-damaging-virus-idUSKCN1IT1A8 Let me make it plain to the Pentagon. Either step up to the mark now or start […]

A Smart-Power Approach For The Seas

Leonid SAVIN at OrientalReview.org - 11 hours ago
The US needs to preserve its presence and influence wherever possible. This suggests supplementing a certain formula: a large fleet, forward deployment, and secure logistics with cooperation that is international, inter-agency, and public-private in nature. This could create a "smart-power approach for the seas". The post A Smart-Power Approach For The Seas appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Revealed: industrial-scale beef farming comes to the UK

Andrew Wasley at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 11 hours ago
A Bureau investigation reveals that beef farming is moving away from pasture to fattening pens

As U.S. Opioid Epidemic Skyrockets, Sea Life Now Testing Positive for Big Pharma’s Oxycodone

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: opioid] The U.S. opioid crisis has gotten so bad that researchers have found sea life that is testing positive of pharmaceutical grade painkillers. The post As U.S. Opioid Epidemic Skyrockets, Sea Life Now Testing Positive for Big Pharma’s Oxycodone appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

‘Don’t Choke Him!’: Witnesses Watch in Horror as Cops Taser, Choke Unarmed Man Until He Dies

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: publix] An unarmed man, who had harmed no one was killed this month, on video, as he was forcibly removed from a Publix grocery store by two police officers. The post ‘Don’t Choke Him!’: Witnesses Watch in Horror as Cops Taser, Choke Unarmed Man Until He Dies appeared first on The Free Thought Project.

NFL tells players patriotism is more important than protest – here's why that didn't work during WWI

Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 11 hours ago
Where to draw the line between loyalty to the nation and the struggle for equal rights? A scholar sees parallels between NFL protests and a call for African-Americans to 'close ranks' during WWI.

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - Peter Goodman discusses how austerity has changed society for the worse in the UK: For a nation with a storied history of public largess, the protracted campaign of budget cutting, started in 2010 by a government led by the Conservative Party, has delivered a monumental shift in British life. A wave of austerity has yielded a country that has grown accustomed to living with less, even as many measures of social well-being — crime rates, opioid addiction, infant mortality, childhood poverty and homelessness — point to a deteriorating qualit... more »

Syria sides with Russia, recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

The Duran at The Duran - 11 hours ago
A day after Syrian Republic recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia moved to cut diplomatic ties with Syria. More The post Syria sides with Russia, recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia appeared first on The Duran.

25% of Ukrainian troops under criminal investigation since April 2014

The Duran at The Duran - 11 hours ago
5,179 crimes committed by Ukrainian soldiers in 2018 alone. More The post 25% of Ukrainian troops under criminal investigation since April 2014 appeared first on The Duran.

Netanyahu Heads to Berlin, Paris Next Week for Talks Expected to Focus on Iran

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
Netanyahu heads to Europe to meet Merkel, Macron by https://www.israelnationalnews.com/ PM to press European leaders on Iranian nuclear deal, highlight Iranian aggression in the region. – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will make state visits to Germany and France, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the statement […]

India Will Continue Doing Business with Iran: Sushma Swaraj

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 29, 2018 India says it only abides by the UN sanctions against Iran and not unilateral measures by other countries. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said New Delhi will not make foreign policy decisions under pressure from others. She was responding to a question on India’s response to the US withdrawal from […]

Belgium: Iran Deal Fundamental for EU Security – Mogherini

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
I don’t believe Mogherini. Ruptly Published on May 28, 2018 EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said that keeping the nuclear deal with Iran in place was a “security interest” for the European Union, speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Tuesday. “In the absence of the nuclear deal with Iran we believe the security […]

Mogherini: EU Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
PressTV Published on May 28, 2018 The EU Foreign Policy Chief says the 28-nation bloc supports European companies and businesses in Iran against the US threat of sanctions. Federica Mogherini made the remarks at the end of the EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. She said the top European officials in the summit discussed ways to […]

‘Israel Turned Gaza into a Prison’ v ‘International Community in No Position to Lecture Israel’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
RT Published on May 28, 2018 Going Underground’s Afshin Rattansi speaks to Palestine’s Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat about Gaza, Israel and how the Israeli government can ever be made to abide by UN resolutions. Rattansi asks the co-chair of North West Friends of Israel, Raphi Bloom, about the difference between self-defense and war crimes. “In 2001, […]

Nothing to Hide? Israel Seeks to Criminalize Filming of IDF Soldiers on Duty

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 11 hours ago
RT Published on May 29, 2018 Israel’s parliament is now discussing a new law which would ban the filming of soldiers. Those behind the bill say that video of the IDF’s activities can be used to damage the Israeli army’s reputation. The IDF is frequently accused of using excessive force – something that is denied by […]

There's Only 1 Way to Stop China from Crushing Taiwan (And Invading)

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* One word: Submarines. *Taiwan’s government has for decades tried to procure new submarines without success. Although a strong and vibrant diesel electric submarine industry exists, no country is willing to sell the island nation modern boats and anger China. As China’s economic clout has grown, it has used the threat of economic sanction to prevent countries from selling arms to what it considers a “breakaway province.” In 2001 the George W. Bush administration promised to sell the country submarines. The plan ultimately came to nothing as Ameri... more »

Get Ready, China and North Korea: Japan Could Build Its Own Stealth Fighter (Or Not)

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * What is going on? *The possibility of a truly domestic Mitsubishi F-3 stealth fighter based on the Shinshin may remain as a backup option. Tokyo would certainly prefer to have domestic manufacturing and ownership of stealth technology. Despite the serious efforts invested in the X-2 demonstrator, the JASDF has currently concluded that it can obtain the fifth-generation stealth fighters it desires more reliably, cost-efficiently and quickly by finding an overseas partner.* On April 22, 2016 a sleek white jet with red and blue details taxied down ... more »

Free Speech is a Triangle

JB at Balkinization - 11 hours ago
I have posted a draft of my latest article, Free Speech is a Triangle, on SSRN. This essay, written for a symposium hosted by the Knight First Amendment Institute and the Columbia Law Review, extends the analysis of my previous work on free speech in the algorithmic society. It explains the kinds of reforms that nation states should and should not adopt if they want to protect freedom of speech in the digital age. Here is the abstract: * * * * * The vision of free expression that characterized much of the twentieth century is inadequate to protect free expression today. The twentie... more »

A briefing on U.S. plans for space domination

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Thanks to RT for recording this interview and new Global Network part-time social media consultant Will Griffin for adding the Trump bits to the start of the video. Will is undertaking the task to increase the GN's social media footprint and will also produce a space-related video each month for us. We are glad to have him working with us. Will is an Iraq & Afghan war veteran after serving in the Army and grew up in an Army family. He presently lives in Philadelphia and is working closely with Korean-American activists (his mom is Korean) on those important issues. He also ser... more »

Hey journals, it is possible to quickly correct the record

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Even when a paper is obviously flawed, it can take years for journals to take action. Some never do. But it doesn’t have to be that way. On April 27, a reader emailed the editors of two journals, noting that each had recently published a paper by the same group of authors that appeared strikingly … Continue reading Hey journals, it is possible to quickly correct the record

Some Major Twitter Owners Have Russian Interests; Trump-Kushner Connections

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 12 hours ago
555 California St. in San Franciso, California, is partially owned by the Trump Organization. Morgan Stanley is a tenant. The … Continue reading →

What is the Cabon Footprint of Burning an American Flag?

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 12 hours ago
Man burning American flag blanket starts wildfire EPHRATA, Wash. – A man trying to burn an American flag blanket started a 5-acre wildfire Sunday, Grant County Fire District 13 officials said. Ephrata firefighters responded around 6 p.m. to the fire near Ephrata Airport and, with the assistance of four units from Grant County Fire, were … Continue reading "What is the Cabon Footprint of Burning an American Flag?"

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Stuck in meetings today. Blogging will resume later today.

President Trump And Japanese Prime Minister Abe To Discuss The Singapore Summit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
President Donald Trump looks on as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks while dining at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, April 18, 2018. *VOA*: *Trump, Japan's Abe to Meet Ahead of Possible US-North Korea Summit * WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to hold face-to-face discussions before a planned summit between Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. “We agreed to meet before the U.S.-North Korea summit,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo following his Monday telephone call with Trump. In the call, Trump and Abe also “affirme... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 12 hours ago
I'm grateful to Julie Davis and Maggie Haberman of *The New York Times* for telling their readers that President Trump's "spygate" talk is irresponsible conspiratorialism: As a candidate, Donald J. Trump claimed that the United States government had known in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks. He hinted that Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice who died in his sleep two years ago, had been murdered. And for years, Mr. Trump pushed the notion that President Barack Obama had been born in Kenya rather than Honolulu, making him ineligible for the presidency. None of that was true. ... more »

US-led Coalition enters Raqqa city to stop infighting

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The US-backed forces inside of Raqqa city have been at war the last few days, as tensions rise over the forced conscription of Arab residents. In response to the Arab protests, the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) stormed the headquarters of the Thuwar Raqqa in the northern part of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Saudi Arabia rejects Macron’s claims about preventing war in Lebanon

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry denied French President Emmanuel Macron’s claim that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was held captive in Riyadh last November, local media reported on Tuesday. The official said that Macron’s comments do not correspond to reality and called them “untrue,” adding that his country would further support peace and stability in Lebanon. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Palestinian forces launch massive counter-attack against Israeli troops

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip launched a massive counter-attack against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) this afternoon, following the latter’s powerful strikes on this region. According to reports from Gaza, the Palestinian forces fired more than 25 artillery shells into the Israeli territories; however, the Israeli military reported […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Houthis target Saudi-backed forces in west Yemen with ballistic missiles

A salvo of ballistic missiles has been fired by Houthi rebels targeting positions, bases and gatherings for the Saudi-backed forces in the western Coastal area. The missile attack has reportedly killed and injured scores, and caused substantial material damages. This comes as the Saudi proxies stepped up attacks against Houthi rebels by waging at least […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

HTS launches major operation in northern Idlib after suffering heavy losses

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a major operation in northern Idlib, yesterday, targeting a number of enemy sleeper cells that have carried out attacks against their organization. According to pro-opposition accounts on social media, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s security operation is primarily concentrated on the towns in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syria recognizes independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Syria has recognized the independence of Abkhazia and decided to establish the diplomatic relations with the republic, Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. “The Republic of Abkhazia and the Syrian Arab Republic declare mutual recognition and establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries at the level of embassies, which reflects their mutual desire […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian Army deploys more troops for final standoff against rebels in Daraa

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:50 P.M.) – More reinforcements from various military formations continue to pour into the southern front-lines as the Syrian Army prepares a major offensive against rebel groups in Daraa and Qunietra provinces. Troops from the SAA’s Republican Guards, supported by the Palestinian Quds Brigade and National Defense Forces, headed to the southern province […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 12 hours ago
*How Title IX became an ideological battering ram* Do we really need to litigate every school dress code in federal court? The ACLU and the National Women’s Law Center think so. They argue that rules against inappropriate attire perpetuate “gender stereotypes” in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Since its passage in 1972, Title IX has unleashed a flood of opportunity for women and girls in the classroom and on the playing field. Today, on almost every available metric, high school girls significantly outperform boys. Women now ... more »

North Korea's Vice Chairman To Arrive In New York City For Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2018 *CNN*: *Top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol heading to US* Seoul (CNN)One of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's top officials is traveling to the United States as the two countries lay the groundwork for on-again, off-again talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore o... more »

These rich and famous preppers are coming out of the bunker. Do they know something we don’t?

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
by Daisy Luther Prepping just doesn’t seem as “crazy” as it used to. It appears that prepping isn’t just for doomsday-fearing, tinfoil hat types anymore. Lots of people have woken up to the fact that the worst can happen, and they’re getting ready for it. Even, it so happens, rich and famous folks. RELATED STORY: Where […] The post These rich and famous preppers are coming out of the bunker. Do they know something we don’t? appeared first on Health Nut News.

Centenarians concur: This is perhaps the No. 1 longevity predictor

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 13 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola If you want to live to celebrate your 100th birthday, you’re not alone. Some are going to great lengths to achieve extreme life extension — if not immortality itself. Statistically, the younger you are right now, the greater your chances of living to 100 and beyond, thanks to improvements in 3D printing, […] The post Centenarians concur: This is perhaps the No. 1 longevity predictor appeared first on Health Nut News.

Israeli academic says Jewish lobby made Turkish lira fall

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*What to make of the tweet from an Israeli academic regarding the manipulation of the Turkish Lira?* *Be sure to share some thoughts!* *Middle East Monitor * *Edy Cohen, an Israeli academic and analyst, has blamed the Jewish lobby for the recent volatility of the exchange rate between the Turkish lira and the US dollar.* Cohen, a faculty member at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and an analyst at the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies,* tweeted the remarks in Arabic *accompanied by the hashtag,* “support the Turkish lira”. * “The Turkish lira has fallen to its lowest level in T... more »

The Age Of The Aircraft Carrier Isn't Over (Yet)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Robert Farley, National Interest*: *Why the Age of the Aircraft Carrier Isn't Over (Yet)* The biggest threat to the future of the aircraft carrier lies not in missiles or torpedoes, but in the enormous combined cost of the ships, their escorts, and their air wings. This is a problem that has not improved over the past century; carriers have grown ever more expensive, increasing the strain on defense budgets and national governments. HMS Furious, the first real aircraft carrier, entered service in early 1918. A converted cruiser, she displaced about 20,000 tons, and flew about ha... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 13 hours ago
*Cities Suing Big Oil Over Climate Change Forced To Answer About The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels* California cities suing over climate change must examine the benefits fossil fuels have had on civilization, per an assignment from a federal judge. San Francisco and Oakland have initiated a lawsuit against five major oil companies in an attempt to hold them financially responsible for climate change. The case is being heard in the United States District Court in San Francisco. The oil companies being targeted — Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell — have urge... more »

Rio State Aims to Combat Illegal Deforestation with Drones

Jack Arnhold at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A recent state government project, named ‘Olho no Verde’ (Eye on Green) has been using technology, including satellite imaging and now drones, in its fight against environmental damage. The program is a collaboration between the Secretary for the Environment, INEA (State Institute for the Environment) […]

Opinion: The Other Rose Among Brazil’s Thorns

Michael Royster at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon, having paused for refreshment, will now deliver on his promise, contained at the end of his last post, to salute the other “Rose among thorns”, STF Presiding Justice Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha. Those who followed closely the courtroom haggling leading up to former President […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Beatriz Miranda at The Rio Times - 13 hours ago
We have the top three picks for this Tuesday, and below there is a list of bars and pubs that are always a good option. LIVE: Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart (Cinelândia) – Tonight, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart will be starring on the stage of Theatro Municipal. Led by regent Hans Christoph Rademann, the German orchestra will present […]

Climate sensitivity, global warming potential calculations distorted by small denominators

drinkingwateradvisor at The Drinking Water Advisor - 13 hours ago
“At this point, it is crucial to observe that every other gas is compared to CO2 to determine its GWP value. In other words, whatever GWP value is determined for CO2, that value is re-set equal to 1, so that the … Continue reading →

Glasnost for US Intelligence: Will Transparency Lead to Increased Public Trust?

jbusby at Lawfare - 13 hours ago
The CIA headquarters in Virginia. (Photo: Wikimedia/Library of Congress) Earlier this month, the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs published our report on the first round of a polling project sponsored by the Texas National Security Network aimed at shedding light on Americans’ perceptions of our intelligence agencies and testing the claim that efforts by these agencies to be more open will enhance their democratic legitimacy. (The full report, including survey methodology, poll results, and limited policy analysis is available here.) The good news from this initial report is tha... more »

Nothing To Do With Families

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
The Republican Party used to style itself as the party of family values. It has now officially adopted a policy of breaking up families. Richard Wolff writes: Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security adopted a new policy to start criminal prosecutions of parents crossing the border illegally, and to place their children in protective custody. It wasn’t enough to deport undocumented people. Now the Trump administration would actively break up their families. This is not just an inhuman policy that violates any meaning of the words “family values”. It’s also reckless... more »

Lancement du deuxième tour de l'ALECA : Détermination et prudence

bilaterals.org - 13 hours ago
29-May-2018 Le coup d'envoi du 2ème tour des négociations sur «l'accord de libre-échange global et approfondi entre la Tunisie et l'Union européenne» qui se déroulera du 28 au 31 mai a eu lieu aujourd'hui lundi 28 mai 2018.

These Popular Tea Brands Possess Dangerously High Levels of Pesticides.

zedie at SOMEONE SOMEWHERE - 13 hours ago
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Poland's Open Invitation to the United States and Its Military Might

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 13 hours ago
With Donald Trump making the following comments on NATO and the deadbeat nations that weren't paying their share: ...a recent publication from Poland's Ministry of National Defense is of particular interest. Here is a summary of what is found in this document that received very little media coverage. The document, "Proposal for a U.S. Permanent Presence in Poland" opens by noting Donald Trump's July 6, 2017 speech given in Warsaw as you can see here: ...where he made the following comments: "*Today, the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine... more »

Here’s the REAL purpose and mission of the Deep State

Seraphim Hanisch at The Duran - 13 hours ago
To say that the game was rigged is probably the biggest understatement in the history of American politics - and the game remains rigged More The post Here’s the REAL purpose and mission of the Deep State appeared first on The Duran.

The Navy Doesn't Want You To Know About this Top Secret Spy Submarine

David Axe at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * This is what we can tell you. *We know that Seawolf spent almost three years in drydock starting in September 2009. Contractors did $280 million in work. And when Seawolf returned to the cold Pacific waters in April 2012, she was “even more capable and effective than at any time in her 15 years of service,” according to Cdr. Dan Packer, her skipper at the time.* Sometime *apparently in August 2013*, the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Seawolf eased out of the port of Bremerton, in Washington State, on what was probably her fifth or sixt... more »

Russia vs. America: Which Army Would Win a War?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * And how many millions would die? *Dismounted firepower is where U.S. forces truly shine. Against armored threats, an American platoon can bring three Javelin missiles, a M3 recoilless rifle, and numerous AT4 short-range antitank rockets to bear against enemy armor, engaging enemies at ranges of up to 2,000 yards. Their Russian comrades-in-arms could bring only unguided RPG-16 and RPG-18 rockets against enemies at a maximum effective range of about 300 yards. Against infantry, American forces bring six light and two medium machine guns and a M3 recoi... more »

Come Aboard the Seawolf: The Navy's Deadly Submarine Russia and China Fear

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * The best of the best *The Seawolf submarines are each powered by one Westinghouse S6W nuclear reactor, driving two steam turbines to a total of 52,000 shaft horsepower. The class was the first class of American submarine to utilize pump-jet propulsors over propellers, a feature that has carried over to the newest Virginia class. As a result, a Seawolf is capable of eighteen knots on the surface, a maximum speed of 35 knots underwater, and a silent running speed of about 20 knots.* The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ev... more »

British Empire Desperate to Maintain Control—Coup Operations Afoot in US, Italy, & Beyond

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
We're sitting on a powder keg. In Europe, destabilizations are mounting. In Italy, the latest phase of blocking sovereignty and the will of the electorate, occurred last night, when President Sergio Mattarella denied the ministerial roster submitted by the coalition of M5S and Lega parties—objecting to senior economist Paulo Savona for Economics Minister—and instead declared an ex-IMF austerity hitman, Carlo Cottarelli, as Prime Minister-designate, mandated to form a cabinet. When sent to Parliament, Cottarelli's list will be rejected, prompting more chaos, and new elections. This... more »

We Can't Count On Journalists To Tell The Real Truth-- How About Pusha T?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
It's incumbent on journalists to never give up on pointing out that Trump never opens his mouth without lying and attempting to manipulate the public. Most Americans know he's a liar; a recent poll found that only 13% of Americans consider Señor Trumpanzee honest and trustworthy. And yet... his job approval rating has crept back up into the 40s. Are people not paying attention-- of what they gown unured to the constancy of lies? Over the weekend Maggie Haberman of the "failing *NYT*" tweeted that she has "written stories about his lies, falsehoods, whoppers, half-truths, salesman... more »

Iran Banned From Using Syrian Air Force Bases

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A photo released by Iranian media reportedly shows the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage attributed to Israel on April 9, 2018. (Iranian media) *Jerusalem Post*:* Report: Syrian Air Force bars Iran from using its bases* A Syrian opposition site reports that the Syrian air force forbade Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions from storing ammunition in its bases. The commander of the Syrian Air Force has decided Syria will no longer allow Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions to use its bases to store ammunition and host fighters, the Syrian opposition newspaper Zaman al-Wasl... more »

Liege shooting: Two police and passer-by dead in Belgium but there's no discernible motive per the police, prosecuters and BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44289404 into the recent shooting in Liege is quite incredible: 'A man has shot dead two police officers and a passer-by in the centre of the eastern Belgian city of Liège before being killed himself. ... Details are still emerging and there is no indication yet as to the man's motive. "We don't know anything yet," a spokesperson for the Liege prosecutor's office told the AFP news agency. ... Police sources quoted in local media said the man was heard shouting Allahu Akbar ("God is greatest" in Arabic).' So police sources ... more »

Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to American MMA champion Jeffrey Monson

Jesse Dominick at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Originally appeared at RussiaFeed Another American celebrity has joined the likes of actor Steven Seagal and basketball player Jamierra Faulkner in becoming a Russian citizen. Jeffrey Monson, a legendary mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, was granted Russian citizenship by decree of President Vladimir Putin yesterday, TASS reports. The […] More The post Vladimir Putin grants Russian citizenship to American MMA champion Jeffrey Monson appeared first on The Duran.

Austria, world’s intelligence capital, leans toward Russia

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Austria to host Vladimir Putin next week More The post Austria, world’s intelligence capital, leans toward Russia appeared first on The Duran.

A new book cover, computer vision syndrome, and lots of hard work

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 15 hours ago
Writing a military science fiction trilogy as a whole, publishing the books within a few weeks of each other, is turning out to be a whole lot more work than I'd bargained for! Not only does one have to format and prepare each book for publication, but one has to ensure a common structure, "look and feel", etc. across all three volumes - otherwise the trilogy becomes an exercise in frustration for readers, who get used to one format in the first book, then have to suddenly adapt to a new one in the next volume. That doesn't make for a happy reading experience. I'm accordingly spe... more »

A Cheer for Age of Autism

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 15 hours ago
By Kim Rossi When I was a kid, I cheered for the local Pop Warner football team. One of our cheers went like this: "Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up! Sit down! Fight! Fight! Fight!" We...

Record Cases Of Scarlet Fever In The UK -- Is the Nasal Flu Vaccine Responsible? Part II

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 15 hours ago
In Part I, we took a look at increased numbers of scarlet fever cases in the UK, dating back to 2013, when the numbers started to increase and coincidentally, when the free, nasal flu shot was first being given out...

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Oltremare"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Oltremare" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MzHqkNBwo

PDF Download: “The Collapse Of Western Civilization”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“The Collapse Of Western Civilization”* "The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and - finally - the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People’s Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbin... more »

Road Warrior

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
gotta bring home the bacon...so to speak. I'm going to be on the road from here to there and back with a stop off at the White Wolf Mine to check on progress at the hovel and from there to Germany, China and back and forth and so on. Gotta fill the coffers with cash. No time for jet lag. I'm starting to feel like Old NFO. This blog post will hit on Tuesday and by the time you read this, I'll be long gone. It's going to be a busy month with less blogging. While sleeping on an airplane in a first class pod and having your caesar salad cut and tossed in the aisle while you watch is be... more »

Roman Abramovich granted Israeli citizenship

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 16 hours ago
Did the Chelsea Football Club owner's reported friendship with Putin play a part in Britain's tardiness in renewing his visa?

Dmitry Orlov, "The 5 Stages of Economic Collapse"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"The 5 Stages of Economic Collapse"* by Dmitry Orlov "Elizabeth Kübler-Ross defined the five stages of coming to terms with grief and tragedy as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, and applied it quite successfully to various forms of catastrophic personal loss, such as death of a loved one, sudden end to one's career, and so forth. Several thinkers, notably James Howard Kunstler and, more recently John Michael Greer, have pointed out that the Kübler-Ross model is also quite terrifyingly accurate in reflecting the process by which society as a whole (or at le... more »

60 Lab Studies Now Confirm Cancer Link to a Vaccine You Probably Had as a Child

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 17 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola, board-certified physician and surgeon Dr. Maurice Hilleman made astounding revelations in an interview that was cut from The Health Century — the admission that Merck drug company vaccines had been injecting dangerous viruses into people worldwide. Bear in mind that Dr. Hilleman was the developer of Merck’s vaccine program. He developed over […] The post 60 Lab Studies Now Confirm Cancer Link to a Vaccine You Probably Had as a Child appeared first on Health Nut News.

German people hold foreign minister accountable for anti-Russia rhetoric, want improved ties with Moscow

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Russophobic no more! More The post German people hold foreign minister accountable for anti-Russia rhetoric, want improved ties with Moscow appeared first on The Duran.

"How Systems Collapse"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"How Systems Collapse"* by Charles Hugh Smith "I often discuss systems and systemic collapse, and I've drawn up a little diagram to illustrate a key dynamic in systemic collapse. The key concepts here are stability and buffers. Though complex systems are never static, but they can be stable: that is, they ebb and flow within relatively stable boundaries supported by reserves, i.e. buffers. In ecosystems, this ebb and flow is expressed in feedback loops between the weather, environment and plant/animal species which inhabit the ecosystem. Ideal weather/food conditions may spark a ris... more »

Chinese officials to visit India to discuss RCEP issues, says Prabhu

bilaterals.org - 17 hours ago
29-May-2018 Chinese officials will visit India soon to hold bilateral discussions on the issues hampering the negotiations of the proposed mega free trade deal — Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

Pakistan, China agree on terms of FTA Phase II

bilaterals.org - 17 hours ago
29-May-2018 According to official documents, the agreed liberalisation level of 90 percent, tariff lines and trade value have been slashed to 75 percent of tariff lines for both countries and some new terms have also been added to the agreement.

EU upbeat on Indonesia-EU CEPA deal amid palm oil issue

bilaterals.org - 17 hours ago
29-May-2018 The European Union believes ongoing debate over palm oil with Indonesia will not hamper the progress of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA).

"Peter Schiff: Enjoy The Calm Before The Storm"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Peter Schiff: Enjoy The Calm Before The Storm"* by Tyler Durden "Peter Schiff recently delivered the keynote speech at Vancouver's International Mining Investment Conference detailing why he thinks we are basically enjoying the calm before the storm right now. He talks about the dangerous financial situation the world now finds itself in and tells investors that they should not be too complacent. "We are simply in the calm before the storm and hard times are coming. Prepare now, or rue the day you didn't." Many people now think the Fed will nudge rates up again in June, leaving ... more »

Syrian rebels, ISIS trade blows is west Daraa countryside

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:10 A.M.) – Intense clashes broke out between opposition fighters and the Islamic State in the western countryside of Daraa as the Syrian Army prepares for the final assault in the southern province. ISIS jihadists launched an attack targeting positions for the FSA fighters on the outskirts of Sheikh Saad town. The offensive, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

“Global Financial Breakdown Continues: Economic Growth Chokes On Massive Debt Increases”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Global Financial Breakdown Continues: * *Economic Growth Chokes On Massive Debt Increases”* By the SRSrocco Report The U.S. and global economies are choking on a massive amount of debt. While Wall Street and the Mainstream financial media continue to rationalize the skyrocketing debt as merely the cost of doing business, the disintegrating fundamentals point to an economic catastrophe in the making. Of course, a full-blown economic meltdown may not occur this year or even next, but as time goes by, the situation continues to deteriorate in an exponential fashion. So, the cheerlead... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 18 hours ago
Peter John‏ @Petejohn77 *The Zionist Tommy Robinson on an Israeli tank.* The Zionist *Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon*, also known as *Tommy Robinson*, and also known as Andrew McMaster and also known as Paul Harris, [4] co-founded the English Defence League (EDL)[10] and the European Defence League, and became involved with the development of Pegida UK. Some might accuse him of being 'a Jewish Nazi'. - HITLER'S JEWISH NAZIS - PART 3 Nardeep Pujji‏ @AWAKEALERT *Duke of Sussex.* "The Duchess of Sussex was pregnant when she stood in front of the altar. And she was in ... more »

Al-Sadr’s “Balancing” Act Might Stimulate Iran’s Eastern Pivot

ORIENTAL REVIEW at OrientalReview.org - 18 hours ago
The “rolling back” of Iran’s “strategic depth” in the Levant will make Iraq an even greater priority for it, especially after al-Sadr’s victory and his consequent “balancing” of the Islamic Republic and the Wahhabi Kingdom that his country’s wedged between. The post Al-Sadr’s “Balancing” Act Might Stimulate Iran’s Eastern Pivot appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

European Companies Rushed to Invest in Iran. What Now?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
To start with, it has not been working so well and that means that those who came, looked, read the agreement and mostly backed off. In short, consensus opinion conforms to that of Trump. Fake peace at any price is a bad bargain. What comes next is a new paradigm crafted by Trump. It likely includes regime change and that means hunkering down while he reworks the terms of trade and it is likely to be beneficial. My real point is that change has been frozen for forty years. The agreement meant to freeze the current political dispensation which is no longer supported by the I... more »

Two major advances in autonomous technologies that rival human abilities

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
We are really getting better at all this. Useful hardware has become credible. What i am looking forward to is the machine able to service crops plant by plant. This can include collecting unwelcome pests beside the obvious of collecting the harvest.. This future once looked far-fetched and even silly, but that is because we needed to imagine those applications. . *Two major advances in autonomous technologies that rival human abilities* *Google Duplex voice technology and Boston Dynamics' robot advances push the boundariesMay 12, 2018The voice of sing... more »

FAA to team with local, state, and tribal governments and companies to develop safe drone operations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Good luck on all that. Drones are here and what is needed is a software solution carried by all drones that lock out rogue behavior. Put that way, we already have the solutions to hand as we use it to protect communications. Expect this industry to burgeon and be a huge employer. Human operators can oversee hundreds of drones using auto direct systems. Imagine the thousands of berry pickers. . *FAA to team with local, state, and tribal governments and companies to develop safe drone operations* *But could this ambitious program have unintended consequences when criminals and... more »

The EU's Backdoor Path to a Unified Superstate

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
[image: green.PNG] We all need to understand what is happening here. in the end, we have policy by a committee and serious opportunity for cheating which empowers a rush to the bottom. Not good and not likely to get better. Yet a stream of bandaids can keep this afloat. What is needed is a secure credit system outside the destructive power of government and here we literally have dozens. Yrt muddling has worked to date. *The EU's Backdoor Path to a Unified Superstate* *Philipp Bagushttps://mises.org/wire/eus-backdoor-path-unified-superstateFor years there... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
*by Noah* There actually is a good side to Señor Trumpanzee choosing Rudy Giuliani as his current lawyer and spokescretin. One reason that I say that is the obvious one that Rudy is so gobsmacking bad at speaking in defense of his client. In fact, he's been so bad at it that you could be forgiven if you thought, for a second or two, that Rudy was still a prosecuting attorney dead set on nailing Trumpanzee to the wall by incriminating Trumpanzee even more than he's already incriminated himself, starting, as he did, with his infamous statement to Lester Holt as to why he fired James... more »

Los Angeles Native Describes Civic Decline

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
Is LA's descent into a third world shithole a harbinger for America? A report from a resident reveals a real, and deliberately created urban nightmare

German Minister: If New Asylum Centers Fail, Refugees Should be Deported

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
It's clear that Merkel's open border policy is a disaster but, despite talks of deportations, there's really no going back for Germany

Credible report alleges US relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
If true, writes Eric Zuesse, it means that Trump is following through on a plan initiated by Bush I in 1990 to destroy Russia

US Warns Of “Firm” Response If Syria Attacks ISIS . . . No, Really

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
In 2001, Americans were told to shred their bill-of-rights and accept a police state due to an alleged attack by al-Qaeda. Now the U.S. is shielding the same al-Qaeda

Swift Injustice: The “Terrifying” Case Of Tommy Robinson

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
The swiftness with which injustice was meted out to Robinson is stunning. Equally as impressive is the blanket media silence over the case

Fox News Confirms Tommy Robinson Sentenced 13 Months For Reporting on Pedophile Grooming Trial

wmw_admin at The Truthseeker - 19 hours ago
We do not support Tommy Robinson but the actions against him are those of a police state; with a media blackout on his one-day trial, conviction and imprisonment

Significant work that contradicts the claims of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 19 hours ago
*Hollow Models?* Source The long writing career of British logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell covered a period of marked change in science. The term natural philosophy was giving way to the term physical science and extensive divisions were occurring into branches such as physics, chemistry, etc. Already, it had been shown that long-held beliefs needed continuing empirical verification. For example, European philosophers long held the view that knowledge can be logically deduced from generally held beliefs, or propositions, such as: all swans are white; if it is a swan, it is... more »

Russia reverse engineers unexploded Tomahawk missiles from Syria

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 19 hours ago
The Kremlin ought to thank Trump for his new gifts to the Russian Ministry of Defense More The post Russia reverse engineers unexploded Tomahawk missiles from Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Despite US sanctions, India will continue trade with Russia, Iran, Venezuela

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Sanctions just ain't what they used to be More The post Despite US sanctions, India will continue trade with Russia, Iran, Venezuela appeared first on The Duran.

Poland to pay $2 billion in order to permanently host US base

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 19 hours ago
The Poles are ecstatic to welcome the Americans over to their place More The post Poland to pay $2 billion in order to permanently host US base appeared first on The Duran.

Tony Abbott to Give AEF Lecture

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 19 hours ago
Tony Abbott to Give AEF Lecture: Melbourne CBD, 3 July 2018 28 May 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture at CQ Functions from 5:30pm On Tuesday evening, 3 July 2018, the Hon. Tony Abbott—the former PM and current MHR for Warringah in NSW—will speak on "Climate Change and Restraining Greenhouse Gas Emissions". This event will be the second in a series of lectures that AEF has established to commemorate the life and work of Professor Robert (Bob) Carter, a former Director and Scientific Adviser. The AEF Bob Carter Memorial Fund is financing the lectures. Mr Abbott's address will con... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Political protests in Nicaragua have left 84 dead and more than 860 injured since they broke out on April 28. Photographer Inti Ocon @intiocon has been covering the violence for @AFP pic.twitter.com/Cq4NK5uX46 — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 29, 2018 WATCH! A Riverton homecoming... a line of hundreds forming to hug and shake the hand of Joshua Holt, finally free after 2 years in a #Venezuela prison. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/O7Nd5P7Xe9 — Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) May 29, 2018 Watch as Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali, climbs up a multistory building to rescue a toddler dangling f... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
World War II veterans take part in a special Memorial Day Observance at the National World War II Memorial in Washington. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Remembering the veterans* (Reuters)

Columbia joins NATO as a ‘global partner’

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 21 hours ago
What is NATO's objective, without communism in the Kremlin? More The post Columbia joins NATO as a ‘global partner’ appeared first on The Duran.

What Will Happen To Our Food In A Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Elisabeth Braw, Defense One*: *Let’s Talk about Food — and What Happens In a Crisis* Sweden is telling its citizens to be ready to feed themselves for a week. Other nations should follow suit. This week, Sweden presented a civil-defense brochure to be sent to the nation’s 4.8 million households. Called “If the Crisis or War Comes,” the 20-page brochure provides practical instructions, ranging from the signals that will sound in case of a national emergency, how to detect disinformation, how to get on without access to heating, fuel, the internet, medications, or public transpor... more »

US meddled in Venezuelan elections, says Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in new interview

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 21 hours ago
Election meddling is fine when America does it, just don't do it to them More The post US meddled in Venezuelan elections, says Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in new interview appeared first on The Duran.

Winning One Of The Last Republican Held Seats In Los Angeles-- A Two-Part Guest Post By Lee Rogers

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*Anyone who has followed this blog for the past half dozen years knows Dr. Lee Rogers, primarily because he ran for Congress in CA-25 twice. The heart of the district is Santa Clarita but spreads south to Porter Ranch, west into Simi Valley, north as far as Gorman and east to Palmdale and up to Lancaster in the Antelope Valley. Lee challenged powerful (and corrupt) Republican Buck McKeon in 2012 and 2014, In 2012 he scared McKeon with a much closer race than he was used to, 129,593 (54.8%) to 106,982 (45.2%). McKeon decided to retire. In 2014, Lee was one of the first victims of th... more »

Rio Says Essential Services Will Return to Normal Today

Nelson Belen at The Rio Times - 22 hours ago
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite the ongoing truck drivers’ protest that has paralyzed Brazil for over a week, on Monday, May 28th, Rio de Janeiro state and city officials asserted that services, including schools, buses and hospitals, should be returning close to 100 percent operation by late Tuesday, May […]

Islamic State groups resurface in US-held area of Syria: Lavrov

Islamic State-related groups have stepped up their activity in the area of Al-Tanf, controlled by the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Monday. “We have gathered much evidence some strange things are happening in Al-Tanf. In our point of view this area is of no considerable significance for the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rebel factions merge together to form large group under Turkish command

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 A.M.) – A large number of rebel factions in northern Syria announced on Sunday that they will be merging together to form one big group. According to a statement released by the rebel factions, the following groups will be merging together to form one large force under the Turkish Army’s command: Faylaq […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Recognition of Armenian Genocide removed from Israeli Knesset agenda

Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Yuli Edelstein on Monday pulled recognition of the genocide of the Armenian people from the parliament’s agenda, local media reported citing Edelstein’s spokeswoman. According to the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the Knesset was expected to vote on recognizing the Armenian Genocide on Tuesday, but Edelstein, who stands for the recognition, decided […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

HTS commander rejoins Syrian Army after completing spy mission

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – A security commander from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham recently defected from the jihadist group to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after years of working behind enemy lines in Idlib. According to a local report, the HTS commander that was known as Abu Khadijah Al-Furtai left the jihadist group for the Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Jordan arrests two ISIS terrorists attempting to enter Syria

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The Jordanian border guards arrested two Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists that were attempting to sneak into Syria from northern Jordan, the Hashemite Kingdom announced on Monday. According to a Jordanian Army press release, “two people belonging to the Islamic State were arrested while trying to sneak into Syria and join […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran denies direct talks with Israel

Leith Aboufadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 22 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Qassemi, stated on Monday that his nation has held no direct talks with Israel. Speaking to IRNA, Qassem stated that while a number of Arab countries have betrayed the Palestinian cause, such hues and cries have been masterminded to deviate the public […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russia denies reports on interception of Israeli F-16 jet with Russian Su-34 in Lebanon

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied reports on an alleged interception of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by a Russian Su-34 aircraft, stating that the country’s aircraft do not conduct missions in Lebanese airspace. “The information spread by one of the Israeli news outlets about an alleged ‘interception’ of two Israeli F-16s by a Russian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

How Bad Is The Afghan War Going?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
James Mattis at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on March 14. *Breaking Defense: **The Great Afghan Paradox* *By most metrics the war in Afghanistan is going badly. * By most metrics the war in Afghanistan is going badly. According to the most recent quarterly report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the troop strength of Afghan Security Forces is in “sharp decline” even as the Taliban are on the march throughout the countryside. The number of “security incidents” is similarly on the rise, to include a series of recent suicide bombings in Kabul, ... more »

Keep these trends in the back of your mind

Keith at musingsofanoldfart - 23 hours ago
It is easy to get distracted with today’s news, where “he said what about that” gets way too much press. Here are few other trends that we should keep in the back of our minds. Some are more pressing than … Continue reading →

Western Leaders Are Seeking A Rapprochement With Russia.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a meeting with Russian and French businessmen during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum on May 25, 2018. Photo: AFP / Dmitry Lovetsky *M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times: **Western leaders back in Russia as tensions appear to ease* *East-West relations seem to have changed over past 10 days, as three major Western leaders attend St Petersburg forum* East-West relations have transformed over the past 10-day period. Russia’s isolation from the West after the Maidan coup in Kiev appears to have wa... more »

Russians test new cruise missiles in Syria using SU-57 jets

Frank Sellers at The Duran - 23 hours ago
A brief video shared on Youtube apparently provides footage of the test More The post Russians test new cruise missiles in Syria using SU-57 jets appeared first on The Duran.

#Ramadan Arabian Nights 2018 : The amazing tales challenge Episode 13 “The Inheritance ”

noreply@blogger.com (Zeinobia) at Egyptian Chronicles - 23 hours ago
Good evening, tonight we will continue our tale for this year, the tale of the Amazing tales challenge. Tonight we are going to hear the episode No.274 of Egyptian State Radio’s “One Thousand and One Nights” Show created by the Godfather of Egyptian radio Mohamed Shaaban and written by Taher Abu Fasha. It is an interesting episode full of actions. You can hear it after the break. Your browser does not support the audio element. *Old Grand priest Nomaan goes back to the Djinn kingdom deceived by **the love of so-called Rouh and determinant to get her the invisible cap.* [image: Flying h... more »

A Modest “Global Warming” Test Idea

E.M.Smith at Musings from the Chiefio - 1 day ago
Can rate of change of temperature from peak to low on the daily data for the same day of the year, over years, illustrate if global warming exists? Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “Invocation Part 2”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Medwyn Goodall, “Invocation Part 2” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHv79cNxkS0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiades is one of the brightest and closest open clusters. Hurtling through a cosmic dust cloud a mere 400 light-years away, the Pleiades or Seven Sisters star cluster is well-known for its striking blue reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* This remarkable wide-field (3 degree) image of the region shows the famous star cluster near the cen... more »

Chet Raymo, “Sanctus”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Sanctus”* by Chet Raymo “Early in Claire Messud's new novel, “The Woman Upstairs”, the narrator asks herself and others whether they would rather be able to fly or be invisible. I suspect most who visit this blog would prefer to fly. Me too. Until lately. More on that later. For now I want to ask a less frivolous question, one more likely to split down the middle: Do you prefer, as a matter of personal taste, Romanesque or Gothic? Gothic aspires, Romanesque inspires. Gothic soars. Romanesque hunkers. Gothic seeks to let go of the earth. Romanesque grips like a barnacle. Gothic f... more »

Only The Best in Reporting. You Know Facts Matter or Something Like That.......

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 1 day ago
Expecting honesty from our virtuous, ever important media (if you don’t have CNN constantly misleading you, are you truly free?) is about like expecting your favorite pet to use you restroom, flush, and spray air freshener on their way out the door. It’s just not going to happen. And what we have here now is yet *another example of false media hysteria* and surprise surprise, the “mistake” goes in only one direction yet again. Funny how that always happens. If you you’ve been conscious at all in the last 48 hours, (I know that may have been difficult for some) you’ve probably been ... more »

"The Fleeting Happiness of Life"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Fleeting Happiness of Life"* By Jocelyn Soriano "The truth is, there is no one place, however we may envy it, which would be indisputably good for us to occupy; much less for us to remain in. The zest of life, like the pleasure which we receive from a work of art, or from nature, comes from undulations –from inequalities; not from any monotony, even though it be the monotony of seeming perfection. The beauty of the landscape depends upon contrasts, and would be lost in one common surface of splendor. The grandeur of the waves is in the deep hollows, as well as the culminatin... more »

Report: Israel And Russia Have Agreed to Push Iran Away From The Israeli-Syrian Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Putin and Netanyahu at the "Victory Day Parade" at Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday. Image source: Reuters via Newsweek. *Times of Israel:* *Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border* Reported agreement will see Israel consent to return of Assad's army to Syrian Golan Heights, in exchange for Russia ensuring no Iranian or Hezbollah troops there. Israel and Russia have reached a secret agreement to distance Iranian forces from the border area in southern Syria, Israeli TV reported Monday, as Jerusalem and Moscow sent differing messages regardin... more »

Submarine War: America's Virginia-Class vs. Russia's Deadly Yasen (Who Wins?)

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * Stealth sub showdown? *In a head-to-head confrontation between a Virginia Block III—the version under construction when Severodvinsk was commissioned—who would win? Both submarines are the pinnacle of their country’s submarine technology and, pitted against one another, would be fairly well matched. Severodvinsk may be slower, but it can dive deeper. The Virginia may be faster, but according to Combat Ships of the World, the hull has only been tested to 488 meters. Virginia likely has the edge in sonar detection, thanks to the new Large Aperture Bow... more »

The Navy's Biggest Fear: 2 Ways That Guarantee You Will Sink an Aircraft Carrier

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Fire and fatigue *The disaster on the Oriskany seemed attributable to human error while handling the flares. The Navy court-martialed five sailors, charging them with forty-four counts of manslaughter. Those indicated included the two apprentice airmen, as well as the chief of the ordnance section—blamed for having left the inexperienced sailors unsupervised. However, new considerations led to acquittals across the board. Apparently, a defect in the Mark 24 flares made some of them susceptible to igniting when jarred. The Oriskany’s skipper, Capt... more »

F-35 vs. Su-57: How One U.S. Ally Might Drop America's Top Stealth Fighter

Asia Times at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Asia Times* *Security, * Turkey could opt for Russia's best. Momentum is building behind US legislation which would put a kibosh on an agreement to send Turkey F-35 jets, but Ankara says it won’t let the deal get squashed without a fight. And while Turkish officials have warned that they will take retaliatory measures if Washington doesn’t fulfill orders of the stealth fighter, the first deliveries of which are expected in June, Ankara is reportedly in talks with Russia to prepare a backup option. Yeni Safak news is reporting that Turkish officials have begun discussions abou... more »

The 3-Step Guide for Tricking America into a War

John Richard Cookson at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*John Richard Cookson* *Security, Middle East* [image: An explosion rocks Baghdad during air strikes March 21, 2003. U.S.-led forces unleashed a devastating blitz on Baghdad on Friday night, triggering giant fireballs and deafening explosions and sending huge mushroom clouds above the city centre. Missiles slammed into the main palace complex of President Saddam Hussein on the bank of the Tigris River, and key government buildings, in an onslaught that far exceeded strikes that launched the waron Thursday, Reuters correspondents said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic] Iran today has uncann... more »

Duterte's Dilemma

Richard Javad Heydarian at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Richard Javad Heydarian* *Security, Asia* [image: President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte participates in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst] Duterte remains a popular leader. But he is not a king and he lacks the power to unilaterally decide the fate of the Philippines’ external relations, particularly vis-à-vis China and America. In recent months, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has seemingly abandoned strategic diversification in favor of “strategic leaning” towards China. To the Filipino leader,... more »

The End of the Atlantic Alliance

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Joergen Oerstroem Moeller * *Security, Europe* [image: NATO flag flutters next to the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter in Amari air base, Estonia, April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins] President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from JCPOA is one more step in dismantling the edifice built after the end of World War II by the United States and Britain. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is one more step in dismantling the edifice built after the end of World War II by the U.S. and Britain. Trump’s decision... more »

The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Martyrdom

Zachary Keck, Matthew Sparks at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Zachary Keck, Matthew Sparks* *Security, Middle East* [image: A Lebanese Hizbollah guerrilla looks at a fire rising from a burning object in a Beirut suburb July 17,2006. Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz said on Monday that no Israeli jet or helicopter had been shot down over Lebanon but did not rule out that a drone many have been downed. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi (LEBANON)] The shift in the source of suicide terrorism has gone almost entirely unnoticed in the West. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives into the... more »

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group has been asked to focus on "the overall purpose of the system." So what *is* the overall purpose?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The Government has just announced their 101st Working Group, what will undoubtedly prove to be the most expensive in this small country's history: its Working Group on Welfare. Including in its make-up every variant of wretchedly grasping progressive, and headed up by proven liar *Cindy Kiro*, *the Welfare Expert Advisory Group has been asked to undertake a broad-ranging review of the welfare system [says Labour's Minister for Enforced Charity Carmel Sepuloni]...Areas that the Welfare Expert Advisory Group has been asked to focus on range from considering the overall purpose of ... more »

Lebanese TV Is Claiming That Russian Su-34s Intercepted Israeli Planes. Russia Is Denying These Reports

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
#حربي_بالأجواء من المنية طيران حربي لم يعرف لمن بعد و عل الارجح طيران روسي pic.twitter.com/fKtknLP42S — Abdallah Samra (@AbdallahSamra92) May 27, 2018 *Middle East Eye: **Russian jets 'intercept' Israeli planes over Lebanon: Reports* Israel's jets, long used to being unchallenged in Lebanese airspace, face off with Russia's despite a deconfliction mechanism in place Russian fighter jets intercepted Israeli warplanes over Lebanese airspace early on Monday morning, according to local outlets. Reports claimed that two Israeli F-16 jets were challenged by Russian Sukhoi Su-34 jets o... more »

X22 Report, “We Are All Looking In The Wrong Direction, The Collapse Is This Way”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “We Are All Looking In The Wrong Direction, The Collapse Is This Way” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WxR8PJsvkM *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Pieces Are Being Rearranged To Trap The Deep State” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t8_HU7MHPI&t=7s

Nunes Pretends To Be 100% Portuguese But He Isn't... There's One Antecedent Named Robert Mueller

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I once had a financial advisor, long ago, who told me he would vote for Cuomo to be president because he would be the first Italian-American president. He had no idea what Cuomo was about politically, just that he was of Italian heritage, like the financial advisor. It made me question his judgment and wonder if he was the right person for me to be working with. I remember once, as a small child, my grandmother making it clear to me that her loyalty to Israel was as strong as her loyalty to the U.S. I was horrified and it stuck with me-- viscerally-- for 6 decades. More recently, ... more »

Probabilidad de 40% de cerrar TLCAN antes del 1 de julio: Guajardo

bilaterals.org - 1 day ago
29-May-2018 El secretario de Economía, Ildefonso Guajardo, dijo este viernes que ve 40 por ciento de probabilidad de cerrar un acuerdo sobre el TLCAN antes de las elecciones del 1 de julio en México.

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